THE HERRERA FILES: Damiano Biella’s departure from Carolina Herrera as its creative director two weeks ago left a vacancy that might soon be filled. Sources said Hervé Pierre Braillard, the former design director at Bill Blass who was let go along with Lars Nilsson recently, has been spotted around 501 Seventh Avenue and could be up for the job.



GRAPES OF FATH: It looks like the first order of business for the new owners of Jacques Fath was to shutter the fashion house. France Luxury Group, the upstart luxury conglomerate acquired two months ago by financier Alain Dumenil, is said to be putting its energies into Scherrer instead. A Fath spokesman declined comment, but British designer Lizzy Disney confirmed Tuesday that she exited Fath last month. France Luxury Group also counts Francesco Smalto, Emmanuelle Khanh and the shoe firms Harel and Stephane Kélian among its stable. The shutdown of Fath would be the latest in a string of changes at the group, which include the exits of chief executive Mounir Moufarrige and Ritu Beri, who had designed Scherrer’s ready-to-wear.

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